Skills Initiative for Africa’s Funding Window I now open for Kenya

Deadline: 5 August 2019

The Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA) has announced its Funding Window 1 “Large skills development investment projects proposed by domestic training entities in partnership with companies”.

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SIFA is an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC) supported by the German Government to strengthen occupational prospects of young people in Africa.

The overall development objective for the Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA) at the political level is: Employment perspectives of young people in Africa are improved.

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The objective of the Financing Facility is to increase quality and innovation in practical, employment-oriented skills development through the implementation of sustainable, nationally and regionally relevant skills development initiatives.

Thematic Area

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This window supports employment-oriented skills development through large investment projects in modern work place skills development, and building the capacity of public and private training institutions to deliver quality skills programs for the youth in priority growth sectors.


  • Result I: Selected institutions have been capacitated to provide employment-oriented skills development.
  • Result II: Access to employment-oriented skills development for young people is improved, in particular for women, students from low income groups, refugees and migrants.
  • Result III: Private sector contributes to improving skills development by participating in the design and the delivery of employment-oriented skills development programmes.
  • Result IV: Lessons learned and best practices are disseminated at national, regional and continental level.

Funding Information

  • Grant Amount per project: Up to EUR 3 million.
  • Project implementation duration: Up to 30 months.

Eligible Projects

  • A combination of 5 technical and didactical interventions:
    • Procurement of training equipment
    • Construction, rehabilitation or expansion of learning infrastructure
    • Training of trainers*
    • Curriculum design*
    • Learner scholarships*
  • *The activities 3-5 can be funded only in combination with the core activities 1 and/or 2 and only up to 5 % of the total project cost.

Eligible Applicants

  • The Lead must be a domestic entity and a public or private accredited training provider. The primary partner needs to be from the domestic private sector.
  • Lead
    • Public TVET institutions supported by sector ministry
    • Legally autonomous public TVET institution
    • Accredited private training provider
    • Registered domestic NGO or Foundation accredited to offer skills training
    • National TVET Agency or TVET authority responsible for TVET provision
  • The Lead must have one of the following as a primary partner
    • Domestic public or private company
    • Domestic Chamber of Commerce or Industry and Employer Association that supports skills development
    • Incubation centre or company involved in product development
  • In addition, the lead can have one of the following as a secondary partner:
    • Public TVET institution supported by sector ministry
    • Legally autonomous public TVET institution
    • Accredited private training provider
    • Registered domestic NGO or Foundation accredited to offer skills training
    • Chamber of Commerce or Industry or Employer Association that supports skills development
    • International NGO or Foundation accredited to offer skills training
    • National TVET Agency or TVET authority responsible for TVET provision

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

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